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Geography

Geography is often regarded as a bridge between the arts and the sciences; it aims to develop an understanding of the variable nature of the earth's physical landscape and the complex  nature of our own relationships and interactions with the environment.  

Lower Line

The department aims to ensure that all pupils develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes. Pupils will develop their understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.

Physical geography will involve topics such as geological timescales and plate tectonics; rocks, weathering and soils; weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present; and glaciation, hydrology and coasts.  The key topics studied under Human geography include population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources.

Figures Term 1

  •   The World around us 
  •   Continents, capitals, 
  • flags 
  •   Recycling 
  •   Tectonics Hazards 
  •   Fantastic places 
  •   Wonders of the world 
  •   Map skills 

Figures Term 2 

  •   Adventure Landscapes 
  •   Oceans  
  •   Coastal processes 
  •   Coastal erosion 

Figures Term 3

  • London 2012 Games 
  • Sustainability 
  • Crime  
  • Geographic 
  • Information Systems (GIS) 

Rudiments Term 1 

  •   Development  
  •   Africa  
  •   River studies 
  •   Billionaires 
  •   Tourism 

Rudiments Term 2 

  • Ecosystems  
  • Tropical rainforests and deserts 
  • Planet Earth, your home  
  • National Parks in the UK 

Rudiments Term 3 

  • Weather and climate  
  •  Extreme weather  
  •  Radical geography 
  •  Independent research project - topical geography 

Lower Grammar Term 1 

  • Climate Change 
  • Sustainable Urban Living 
  • Globalisation 
  • Sweat shops in Less Economically Developed countries 

Lower Grammar Term 2 

  •   The Geography of Sport 
  •   Building new stadiums 
  •   People and resources 
  •   Energy resources 

Lower Grammar Term 3 

  • Global Population 
  • Issues 
  •  China One Child Policy 
  •  Brazil 
  •  Ecotourism in the Rainforest 

Higher Line

At GCSE, Human Geography and Physical Geography are examined separately. 

Physical Geography will focus on Coasts, Rivers and the Restless Earth. Stimulating lessons include: Is it possible to predict earthquakes and volcanoes? What would happen if the super volcano at Yellow Stone erupted? What happened on Boxing Day 2004 and why was it so much worse than the Japanese Tsunami?

Human Geography will look at Tourism, Population and Sustainable cities. Interesting lessons include: How does China deal with its population issues? How will the UK control immigration? Why do people want to visit places with extreme environments? How can London become the most environmentally friendly city in the world? How did the London Olympics impact East London?

There is also a controlled assessment on the impact of tourism.  This will involve fieldwork during a trip to the New Forest.

Grammar Term 1 

  • The Restless Earth 
  • Distribution of Hazards 
  • Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis 
  • Mitigating the effects 

Grammar Term 2 

  • Coastal Zone 
  • Landforms 
  • Erosion, transportation and deposition 
  • Sea Level rise 

Grammar Term 3 

  • Water on the land  
  • Landforms  
  • Managing flooding in different parts of the world 
  • Controlled Assessment (20 hours) 

Syntax Term 1 

  • Tourism 
  • Mass and Eco-tourism 
  • Extreme tourism 
  • Management of tourism 

Syntax Term 2 

  • Population 
  • Reasons for exponential growth 
  • Structures in different  parts of the world 
  • Population Policies 
  • Migration 
  • Independent  research - China Project  

Syntax Term 3 

  • Changing Urban 
  • Environments  
  • Urbanisation  
  • Eco living 
  • Shanty towns and squatter settlements  

Sixth Form

At AS and A level, the course aims to investigate both Human and Physical Geography in greater depth.  Topics include: Population, Health, Rivers, Coasts, Tectonics, World Cities and Ecosystems.  There will also be an increased focus on the significance of market influences.  Students will be engaged through the most up to date topical material as well as by attending field trips to carry out and learn techniques of geographical investigations.

Poetry Term 1 

  • Population  
  • Population trends in UK and future implications  
  • How many people can Planet Earth Hold  
  • Hydrology  
  • Landforms, processes 
  • Future planning for sustainable management  
 

Poetry Term 2 

  •  Health 
  •   Diseases of affluence 
  •   Disease of poverty 
  •   Management of diseases 

Poetry Term 3 

  • Coasts  
  • Landforms 
  • Processes  
  • Future planning for sustainable management 

Rhetoric Term 1 

  • World Cities  
  • Urbanisation, counter urbanisation and sub urbanisation 
  • Management of millionaire and world cities 
  • Problems faced by Rapid Urbanisation 

Rhetoric Term 2 

  • Ecosystems  
  • Local systems and world biomes 
  • Different ecosystems around the world 
  • Management of ecosystems  

Rhetoric Term 3 

  • Plate Tectonics  
  • Distribution of hazards  
  • Reasons for hazards 
  • Effects and management  
  • Independent research – PRE release material.